“VMware impacted the world immensely some years ago and nowadays we’re into software-defined almost everything, including data centres and infrastructure. Where we’re seeing particular impact is in things like converged and hyperconverged infrastructure."
“The problems are that the costs of attaining that high performance are quite expensive and you become pretty much bound to the particular vendor over the longer term. You were committed to the management interface which was, and still largely is, tied to the hardware. But that is changing. The movement now is towards being hardware-agnostic. We work with Simplivity, recently bought by HPE, but it broadly applies also to the other hyperconvergence leaders such as Nutanix, Scale Computing and Pivot3. We then mix and match hardware, from EMC Sans to Dell or HP servers to NAS boxes and so on. The key is that they are all managed through a high level platform that is hardware-agnostic."
“The next step its towards modular boxes with compute, RAM, storage and networking. When you plug one into your management platform, your software-defined infrastructure, you are simply extending your compute and storage capacity in your hyperconverged resources.”
That in turn, Blanche said, matches the modern agile development of applications and today’s workloads which are dynamic, ever-changing and often unpredictable. The management platform also enables you to reach out and connect to multiple cloud services, like PaaS or indeed IaaS and run all of your resources as a single, integrated entity.
"We are on the cusp of a total software-defined ICT world. Because of the point we are at, I would not advise clients to get into longer-term investments right now. When the market generally reaches that hardware-agnostic state is when the strategic choices can be made. The hardware will be mix and match, some legacy, some commodity, whatever suits. The key is and will remain in the software-defined approach, essentially the top layer of management software. That is the key investment.”
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